A New Pair Of Spectacles

Why is it that most Christians today do not believe Jesus?

O sure, they believe in Jesus but do they believe what Jesus said? O sure, they believe some of the things Jesus said but do they believe everything Jesus said. O sure, they believe He said it, but do they believe that He really meant everything He said? O sure, they believe that He meant what He said, but do they believe that He meant it for all believers? O sure, they believe that He meant it for some of the believers like the apostles and disciples, but do they believe it applies to today’s believers? O sure, they believe that some of it applies to today’s believers, but do they believe it applies to them as believers? O sure, they believe some of it applies to them, but do they believe that all of it applies directly to them today and to them personally?  

Well if Jesus is the same yesterday, and today and, forever as Hebrews 13:8 tells us, then everything Jesus said yesterday applies the same today and forever, right? O sure it does, but does it apply to us today? After all, he said all those things to the early disciples and they are now long dead and buried. So most of what He said died with the apostles, right?

Wrong!

Jesus commanded the apostles to teach us, the believers, to observe everything He had commanded them to do:

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:19-20

This concludes beyond any doubt that whatever Jesus commanded the apostles and early disciples to do, they were to teach the believers that followed them to observe and to do the same. Who in turn were to teach the believers that followed them to observe and to do the same. Who in turn were to teach the believers that followed them to observe and to do the same. And so on and so forth all the way up to this present day.

The word translated “observe” is ” tēreō” which according to Strong’s means: “to guard (from loss or injury, properly, by keeping the eye upon.” Many translations even translate this as “obey”.

But let’s keep our focus on the word “panta” which is translated as “all things” and means “all, any, every”. This tells us that everything Jesus commanded the disciples to do, are commanded to us to do also.

Now take these new spectacles and go back and reread the gospels from this new perspective and start applying and doing all the things Jesus commanded the apostles, the early disciples and you to do, as well.

Franciscus M. Dartee
Grow in Faith | Walk in Power

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